John J. Pershing VA Medical Center begins COVID-19 vaccinations for veterans

John J. Pershing VA Medical Center begins COVID-19 vaccinations for veterans
The center said it has started calling those veterans and offering appointments to receive the vaccine. (Source: KFVS)

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (KFVS) - The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center will begin giving COVID-19 vaccinations to veterans ages 85 and older.

The center said it has started calling those veterans and offering appointments to receive the vaccine.

Officials say they have to schedule the appointments because they have to give the vaccines in groups of 10, socially distanced. This is because that’s how they receive the vaccines.

They will also monitor the veterans, to be on the safe side, so they can make sure they don’t have an allergic reaction to the vaccine.

Vaccinations will begin on Thursday, January 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, as well as on Saturday, January 16 and January 30.

Veterans will be expected to schedule an appointment to receive the second dose, about 28 days after the first, before they leave. They are asked to come to the first appointment with a date and time in mind.

Officials say veterans aged 75-84 will be the next group contacted, as supplies permit.

Long-term care residents and frontline health care workers at the medical center were some of the first to receive the vaccine.

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